Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

Agree or Disagree: It is time to raise the minimum wage

In The State of The Union address last night, President Barack Obama gave an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. The wage will got from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

In the above link, you can read that many felt that the move will have a positive impact on their lives. As an example, Melissa Romero an employee from the Air and Space Museum McDonald’s restaurant said “I’ll finally be able to pay my bills.”

Some Republicans felt that this idea will have a negative effect on the economy. Here is a quote from House Speaker John Boehner.

“When you raise the cost of something, you get less of it,” House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. “And we know from increases in the minimum wage in the past that hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans have lost their jobs. And so the very people the president purports to help are the ones who are going to get hurt by this.”

Ironically in Canada, there is a discussion about this as well. Ontario is raising the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 an hour. There is also a campaign in Ontario to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour. The campaign is head up by the Workers Action Centre. However, this has not been met with support from the Ontario Government.

“I know that there’s a call for $14 (but) we have to move very carefully, because this is about making sure that we retain and create jobs,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said.

Here’s the link to that story

 Also, I will add this link. It’s the minimum wage for all the provinces in Canada.

 What do you think? Should we be raising minimum wage?

Agree or Disagree: Canadians stores adopting Black Friday.

“I still believe in the Holy Trinity, except now it’s Target, Trader Joe’s, and IKEA.” 
― Jen Lancaster

Yesterday was American Thanksgiving.

Today is Black Friday in the States. A time in the United States where the best shopping deals are made. A time where people get up earrrlllyyy to get in line to make sure they get the best deals. A time where quite frankly, places like Walmart, Target and many more companies ensure that you come to them and but their product.

While the deals started in America, many Canadians head down and join in the Black Friday festivities. Except now, things are a little different.

Many stores in Canada have decided to adopt the Black Friday model here.  With what it appears, some success. 

This is the link to the National Post story on Black Friday. They estimate that 47% of Canadians will participate in Black Friday in Canada. 

Now, while some are excited and open to this, there are also some Canadians that are not. The reason is that we have Boxing Day here in Canada which the is the day after Christmas. We have our own holidays and identity and we don’t need to adopt an American holiday.

Is this a big deal? Is it just a clever marketing play by stores because they know people will buy in? 

Or, is this something that bothers you? A loss of Canadian identity

Agree or Disagree: Homosexuality and Gay Marriage should make you “gag”.

Agree or Disagree: Homosexuality and Gay Marriage should make you “gag”.

This is a link from  a group called The Gospel Coalition. Their mandate is “Equipping the next generation for gospel-faithful ministry and promote church reform and culture transformation. “

Well, after reading this post, you might wonder what that exactly means.

This post was written by Thabiti  Anyabwhile. They just arrived from a trip to New Zealand where they recently celebrated one year of legalizing same sex marriage.

 As you read,it will be very clear what side of the debate he is on. It will also be very clear on which side might be winning. However, he has a theory of where his side can get some footing back.

He introduces the “yuck” factor.  What, you ask is the “yuck” factor? Let’s read Anyabwile’s explanation.

Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post without thinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort. I say “abominable” because that’s how God describes it in His word. I think we should describe sin (and righteousness) the way God does. And I think it would be a good thing if more people were gagging on the reality of the sexual behavior that is now becoming public law, protected, and even promoted in public schools.

So what are we talking about? (Warning: Obscene descriptions follow. If sensitive in conscience, skip the block quotes below and go to the conclusion)

We are talking about one man inserting the male organ used to create life into the part of another man used to excrete waste. We are talking about one man taking the penis of another man into his mouth, or engaging in penis-to-penis grinding.

We are talking about a woman using her mouth to stimilute the nipples, vulva, clitoris or vagina of another woman, or using her hand or other “toys” to simulate sexual intercourse.

We are talking about anilingus and other things I still cannot name or describe.

That sense of moral outrage you’re now likely feeling–either at the descriptions above or atme for writing them–that gut-wrenching, jaw-clenching, hand-over-your-mouth, “I feel dirty” moral outrage is the gag reflex. It’s what you quietly felt when you read “two men deep kissing” in the second paragraph. Your moral sensibilities have been provoked–and rightly so. That reflex triggered by an accurate description of homosexual behavior will be the beginning of the recovery of moral sense and sensibility when it comes to the so-called “gay marriage” debate.

Perhaps Anyabwile missed the parts of the debate where couples together for many years couldn’t share spousal benefits. Or, the part about those faithful couples who desired to stand before God in some way, couldn’t. Or, the simple fact that some love each other more than live itself. 

He might have also missed the parts about those that have lost their job because they were “gay”. And the parts about those that have been bullied, belittled and condemned because of their sexuality. Many to the point of dying by suicide.

Apparently, he thinks this whole debate is about a sexual preference. 

It’s posts like this that reminds us why many in the Christian community have been disqualified from participating in the conversation. Instead of acting like Jesus would with some kindness and compassion, we get a Christian masking his ignorance with Scripture.

It’s enough to make you gag.

Perhaps for clarity, we should listen to Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family say what this means.